Belfast Telegraph

Alley gates plan to thwart thuggery

Residents in east Belfast are being asked for their opinion on a new alley-gating scheme being proposed for the area.

A public consultation is under way to gauge views on the provision of gates in areas such as Beechfield Street, Ballarat Street and Beersbridge Road.

The council scheme has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour and litter in other parts of Belfast.

Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson said: “We received very positive evaluation of our alley-gating pilot scheme with 89% of people saying they believed the gates helped to reduce fear of crime, and 79% of residents reported vast reductions in littering and dumping.

“This is the first time we will be applying for gating orders under the new Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act so the east Belfast experience will be a path-finding exercise for us too,” he added.

Residents are expected to receive a letter outlining the process before council staff carry out a door-to-door survey.

For more information contact the Belfast City Council on 028 9027 0428.

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